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Description: U.S. stocks advanced, sending the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index to the biggest weekly gain in two months, as the nation’s manufacturing increased more than forecast and metal and oil prices surged.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: 01/09/2010

Link: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=a.YfWoX7if4E

Questions for discussion: 

  • What does the article suggest is an important indicator of stock market performance?
  • Do you believe the news reports suggest more stock market increases over the next quarter? Explain your thinking.

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